Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Accreditation

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) operates under a charter of the New York State Board of Regents to award master’s and doctoral degrees (New York State Education Department, Office of College & University Evaluation, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234; 518-474-1551). The following programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education:

  • Master of Divinity – Theological Professions (HEGIS 2301)
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (HEGIS 2301)
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies (HEGIS 1510)
  • Doctor of Ministry in Transformative Leadership (HEGIS 2301)
  • Doctor of Ministry in Prophetic Preaching (HEGIS 2301)
  • Doctor of Ministry in Peace Building and Interfaith Dialogue (HEGIS 2301)

Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs at CRCDS are approved:

  • MDiv
  • MA
  • DMin

CRCDS became a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada in 1938. The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada can be contacted at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275; Tel: 412-788-6505; Fax: 412-788-6510; Web:

ATS has a policy regarding complaints against member schools (see Policies and Procedures IX). Please note that complaints must be filed in writing and must provide evidence that the member school is in violation of a (1) stated policy or (2) accrediting standard or (3) a membership criterion. For more information, you may email  

CRCDS is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church for listing for the preparation of candidates for ordination in The United Methodist Church with Alert. The School’s rich course offerings can also prepare for ordination in a variety of other denominations.

CRCDS coursework is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Students eligible for VA educational benefits should contact their VA representative for more information.

CRCDS is approved by The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue Forms I-20 to full-time nonimmigrant alien students pursuing MA, MDiv, or DMin degrees.

CRCDS is approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. 

Students may now take courses in a distance education format, as available, from any of these SARA-participating states.

As a participating NC-SARA institution, CRCDS adheres to high standards of compliance as it relates to student consumer protections. We are committed to remaining compliant with NC-SARA’s policies and procedures that help to ensure the quality and value of credentials earned at CRCDS through our approved distance education programs. Students who have a complaint that falls under NC-SARA’s policies and procedures must first complete the internal complaint procedure as outlined in the student handbook.

Information regarding the NC-SARA complaint process can be found here: Distance education students who wish to file a complaint must be guided by the NYSED complaint procedures and may do so using the New York State Education Department’s Portal Entity contact:

Emily Sutherland
Supervisor of Higher Education Programs
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234